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The first half of the 19th century witnessed the blossoming of the Russian seven-string guitar (tuned D G B d g b d'). During that time, an exquisite repertoire for the instrument was created, which departs significantly from the Western European guitar tradition. This compact disc is the world's pioneer recording of selections from that repetoire on original instruments. The performance is historically informed and based on a careful study of Russian 19th century guitar techniques. The pieces included represent the individual styles of eleven composers - ranging from "giants" such as Sychra and Vysotsky to less prolific ones like Alferiev and Palevich, of whom we have only a handful of pieces. This recording displays the variety, elegance and wit of the Russian guitar tradition as well as its technical and musical specifity. It offers only a first taste of a hitherto neglected repertoire which holds hundreds of excellent compositions ripe for rediscovery.
Andrey Osipovich Sychra: As From beyond the Forest
As From beyond the Forest
Michal Kleofas Oginski: Polonaise No 13 in A minor, "Farewell to the Fatherland" (arr. A.O. Sychra)
Polonaise No 13 in A minor, "Farewell to the Fatherland" (arr. A.O. Sychra)
Alexey Fyodorovich Lvov: God Save the Tsar (arr. A.O. Sychra)
God Save the Tsar (arr. A.O. Sychra)
Vasily Serge Alferiev: Where Shall I Find?
Where Shall I Find?
Where Shall I Find?
Vasily Serge Alferiev: I am a Gypsy Girl
I am a Gypsy Girl
Semion Aksionov: Kamarinskaia
Vladimir Ivanovich Morkov: Prelude
Vladimir Ivanovich Morkov: Luchinushka
Vladimir Ivanovich Morkov: Kamarinskaia
Mikhail T. Vysotsky: As Behind the Dear River
As Behind the Dear River
Mikhail T. Vysotsky: Oh, It Hurts
Oh, It Hurts
Nikolai I. Alexandrov: Ballade
A. Palevich: Potpourri from Glinka's Opera
Potpourri from Glinka's Opera
Aleksandr Vetrov: Impromptu
Fiodor Zimmerman: Capriccio
Fiodor Zimmerman: Tyrolian Waltz
Vasily Stepanovich Sarenko: Fantasia, "At the Seashore"